The secondary hasn’t been good, as we all know. CB Davon House went down during the game last Sunday with a back injury that didn’t look very promising. He hasn’t been able to practice yet this week and doesn’t look like he will be on the field this Sunday. Fellow CB Demetri Goodson has yet to play this year. He was taken off IR last week, but didn’t play due to a hamstring injury. That same hamstring injury has caused him to be a limited participant in practice this week. With House likely not playing, it will be important for Goodson to play in an already thin secondary. The last member of the secondary listed on the injury report is rookie safety, Josh Jones. He was listed as “non injury related” because he was on hand for the birth of his child. Jones has had quite a week. Had the game winning interception on Sunday and had his first child on Wednesday.
Like last week, there are three linebackers listed on the injury report. Ahmad Brooks was full participant on Thursday. Brooks should be good to go despite the nagging back issue that has been hampering him most of the season. Another name that I feel like I’ve typed every week this season is Nick Perry. Perry was unable to go against Cleveland last week with both a foot and shoulder injury. He has been a limited participant this week. The Packers face a tough test in Cam Newton on Sunday and will need Perry to keep some pressure on him. The last linebacker listed is Jake Ryan. He was unable to practice on Wednesday, but was limited on Thursday. Friday will go a long way in telling if Ryan can play on Sunday or not.
The only offensive player listed this week is tackle Jason Spriggs. Spriggs was added to the injury report on Thursday with a hip issue and was a limited participant. Carolina is a solid defensive unit, and the Packers will need their offensive line as healthy as possible to keep 12 upright. Spriggs took a lot of criticism early in the year for poor play and it was warranted. The last couple weeks he has started to settle in nicely at right tackle. With the future of Bryan Bulaga uncertain, it is very important for Spriggs to continue to develop.
For weeks this is the situation we’ve been hoping for. Three games left, needing to win all of them for a shot at a wildcard and Aaron Rodgers returning. Going 3-5 with Brett Hundley wasn’t great by any stretch, but they still have a chance. This Sunday is arguably the hardest of the three remaining games. Hopefully 12’s return can give this team the spark it needs to win these final three games.